29. February 2008 17:08
As the alarm was going off at 5:45a this morning I had to ask myself this question. "Why isn't today a national holiday?" Granted, I just really wanted to go back to sleep for another hour or two and it really was just a rhetorical question. But the more that I think about it today the more it is starting become an actual question that I want an answer to. Each year we have an extra 6 hours so every fourth year we accumulate those and have an extra day. Why do we have to spend that extra day at work? Don't get me wrong, I really do like my job, but I think we should get this extra day to do the things that need to be done that aren't getting done because we are always at work. Besides, it's not like anything that I accomplished today really made that big of a difference in the grand scheme of mankind. I'll bet you didn't either, did you? What would I do with this extra day? I'd sleep in, make breakfast with my girlfriend, and spend the day doing "honey do's" around the house with her. I'd be getting things ready around there for my kids to come spend the weekend with me. Today I would have actually worked on getting my budget done so I can figure out where my money keeps disappearing to. I could have accomplished a lot today. Most of all I could have enjoyed a day that I haven't had since 2004. Oh well, back to work I guess...
8. February 2008 20:30
Welcome to my blog. I want to start out by setting a base line with something that I have often mentioned to the people I work with. It’s a concept called “Kick the Designer in the Nuts” Day. Let me explain what “Kick the Designer in the Nuts” Day is. It’s a day that at any Microsoft sponsored programming conference where you get to argue with the guy that designed some part of the .NET Framework or SharePoint or whatever other Microsoft technology that you have to use every day that is a pain in the butt to do. You get to tell the designer why what he decided causes you misery every day (or almost every day). He gets to tell you why he made that decision that he made. When you are done the debate is judged by three or four MVP’s. If you win the argument, then you get to kick the designer in the nuts…but if you lose…well then the designer gets to kick you in the "jimmy". I know, it’s not politically correct at all. I know I’m also being sexist by assuming that no woman has ever designed anything that drives me crazy. There are a couple of faults of mine that I’m working on. The reason that I’m starting off my blog with this story is two reasons. 1) I’ll reference it from time to time in future blogs and I’ll want you to know what I mean by this day. 2) I’m designing stuff at my current job in which the people that I work with will want to have a day like this too. Thanks for reading this whole thing and hopefully the future the posts will be technically useful.